13 pedestrians are killed every day in the United States by motor vehicles.
In 2013, nearly 4,800 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States, or approximately 13 people per day.*
Pedestrians are most susceptible to injury in big cities such as Chicago. Despite legally proceeding through crosswalks, drivers who are not paying attention continue to hit innocent pedestrians. For example, a woman was run over, pinned underneath another vehicle and dragged down the road by a negligent motorist in Joliet recently. **
Unfortunately, pedestrians do not have any protection from serious injuries suffered in a car collision. Therefore, pedestrians almost always suffer catastrophic injuries and even death when struck by a negligent motorist
Paralyzation & Spinal Injuries
Each year, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury.*** Of these injuries, approximately 37% are attributable to motor vehicle accidents. That means between 92,500 and 185,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries from otherwise preventable car accidents. There are several main contributors to pedestrian accidents that result in severe spinal injuries such as the failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians, the failure to adhere to traffic signals, or motorists driving while intoxicated.
Zayed Law Offices can Help
Walking remains a healthful and safe activity for millions of people throughout the United States. However, all motorists owe a duty of care to people lawfully on Illinois roads, including pedestrians. When a motorist breaches that duty of care, he or she is liable for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a motorist in a pedestrian accident, contact our Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys today. We help our clients obtain the compensation and the justice they deserve.
* Traffic Stats: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts
** Article: Woman dragged by car in Joliet
*** Spinal Stats: Spinal Cord Injury Information